About Copper Crisper

You’ve probably heard of air fryers before; maybe you’ve thought about buying one in the past. But traditional air fryers aren’t cheap—not to mention the fact they take up a ton of countertop space.

Is this no longer the case with Copper Crisper? Can you have it all? According to the manufacturer, this cookware can “transform your oven into an air fryer,” which can save you time and money and help you avoid unhealthy oil and butter—whether you’re cooking onion rings, roasted vegetables or chicken strips. How?

Copper Crisper is consists of two parts:

  1. An elevated crisping tray made of nonstick mesh that allows heat to circulate, cooking all sides of your food at once, without turning or burning. This tray sits on top of the…
  2. Ceramic nonstick cookie sheet, which catches any crumbs, grease, or drippings from the mesh basket above, helping to keep your oven clean and safe.

No bulky, expensive appliances to buy? Check. The ability to use your existing oven? Check. Make healthier—but just as delicious—food? Check. Can Copper Crisper by Copper Chef really help you “make delicious fried foods without frying,” or will you just end up disappointed?

Let’s answer all your questions by starting with the basics.

What Is an Air Fryer? How Does It Work?

Whether we’re talking about the Cooklite Aero Fryer, Big Boss Oil-Less Fryer, AirWave Fryer, or any of the other dozens of air fryer brands, they all basically work the same: You have a bottom “cup” that holds the food. Above this, a heating element produces hot air that’s circulated by a fan over every part simultaneously, quickly browning the exterior while sealing in the moisture.

Given how this process works, it seems that most customers soon learn they aren’t actually “frying” their food with air fryers, which would require submersion in boiling oil. Instead, they often claim you’ll just quickly heat the food. So, with the exception of french fries, air frying devices seem to be optimal for reheating frozen foods that were previously fried (remember this point, because we’ll come back to it in a second).

Why are we talking about all of this, when Copper Crisper is just a mesh tray and a cookie sheet?

Can Copper Crisper Turn Your Oven Into an Air Fryer?

Copper Crisper’s main claim to fame is that it can help you achieve similar results to an air fryer, but using your existing oven. Based on what we just learned though, this might not be likely. Why?

In most consumer grade air fryers, the bottom cup where the food is held is relatively small in proportion to the overall size of the device. This is because, in order to quickly warm food, a lot of heat is required, which needs to circulate at very fast speeds. As a result, manufacturers are required to limit how much food you can cook at once, while maximizing space for the heating element(s) and fan.

On the other hand, ovens tend to be comparatively cavernous spaces, where it’s difficult to achieve the same air speeds as a countertop air fryer. This even applies to modern ovens with multiple convection settings.

Taking all of this into consideration, here’s what we’re left with: Sure, Copper Crisper might help you achieve fried-like taste without the butter or oil—but only if you have sufficient heat and air speed. The problem is the most ovens won’t provide these features, so regardless of the mesh screen and cookie tray you use, it almost certainly won’t provide the same results as an air fryer.

Even if you had an oven that could reach the same temperatures and move air at the same speeds, can you really expect foods to just slide right off Copper Chef’s Copper Crisper?

What Makes Copper Crisper Nonstick?

The company tells us that Copper Crisper’s cookie sheet is coated in ceramic, but they don’t mentioned what makes the mesh crisping tray nonstick. Given the fact that the only other nonstick cookware material is Teflon (also known as PFOA and PTFE, both of which come with several health concerns), we’d say it’s fairly likely this is what’s used.

Regardless of the material, how well can you expect Copper Crisper to perform? There weren’t any online reviews at the time of our research, so there wasn’t a direct way to gauge overall customer satisfaction.

However, Copper Crisper is part of an entire As Seen on TV cookware line of copper-infused products, including Copper Chef (we’ll talk more about this next), Red Copper Pan, and Red Copper Square Pan. Whether we’re referencing customer reviews or our own first-person testing, one of the most common complaints is that the surface provides no nonstick benefits right from the start, or within a couple uses (often after washing).

Now, we’re fully willing to admit that Copper Crisper may be the exception to the rule. However, we’d recommend keeping it at the top of your mind when placing an order.

Speaking of buying, how much will you pay for Copper Crisper?

We Put Copper Crisper to the Test

We tested the claims of the Copper Crisper. Be sure to watch the video below to see the results:

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How Much Does Copper Crisper by Copper Chef Cost?

Copper Crisper is available in two different sets:

  • Single Set: Includes one 13" x 11" x 1.25" Copper Crisper for $19.99 plus $7.99 S&H.
  • Deluxe Set: Includes three different Copper Crisper pans (small 11"x9"x1.25"; medium 13"x11"x1.25"; large 18"x12"x1.25") for $39.99 plus $9.99 S&H.

Regardless of which option you choose, you can also purchase a Copper Chef 360 frying pan for an additional $7.99 S&H during checkout. Note: Remember the Copper Chef Pan we linked to above? While they appear identical, there’s no way to know how it differs from the 360 version included here.

Like most products sold through Tristar Products, Copper Crisper comes with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H. To request one, customer service can be reached at 973-287-5195.

Who Manufactures Copper Crisper? Who Is Eric Theiss?

Copper Chef’s Copper Crisper is brought to you by Tristar Products based out of Fairfield, NJ, the second largest company within the ASOTV industry. They’ve been responsible for dozens of dozens of successes over the years, some of the most recent of which include Clear TV, Power AirFryer XL, Power Pressure Cooker XL, and many more.

Along with pretty much every other manufacturer in the industry, many of Tristar’s products come with 2-star average ratings here on HighYa, with common complaints referencing failure to work as advertised, poor quality, and less-than-stellar customer service experiences. Again, we only mention this to ensure you have all the information—not to indicate you’ll experience the same with Copper Crisper.

From a celebrity standpoint, Eric Theiss began cooking at the age of 6, eventually studying under acclaimed chef Frank Falcinelli and opening his own restaurant in West Chester, PA. Today, Eric is a spokesperson for several different cookware lines, and also operates a publishing company.

Pro tip: Just remember that celebrities rarely use the products they endorse. Even if they did, this doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll provide a solid value.

Let’s carry this thought over into the final section.

Is Copper Crisper the Cooking Equivalent of Fool’s Gold?

We’ve covered a lot of territory in this review, but it ultimately comes to this: Even if you own a state-of-the-art oven, it’s unlikely it would be able to achieve the quick heat and fast air speeds necessary to mimic what you’d find with a traditional air fryer.

Considering this, we don’t think Copper Crisper by Copper Chef will work quite as advertised in the real world, and probably won’t provide as much value as you might expect based on the claims in the commercial. Sure, Copper Crisper might help you cook a little healthier by allowing grease and oil to drip away—but remember that you might get best results from pre-fried foods, which are cooked in unhealthy oils and loaded with preservatives.

On top of this, other ASOTV cooper cookware doesn’t exactly have a reputation for ease of use or longevity. At any rate though, you can probably find something similar (or piece together your own set) using local products that don’t come with the same high, non-refundable S&H charges as Copper Crisper.

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13 Consumer Reviews for Copper Crisper

Average Consumer Rating: 2.9
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Bottom Line: 46% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Damaged after two uses

    First time I cooked frozen lobster patties and fries. Patties were fine. Fries were pale, soft and bland. The second time I tried floured chicken wings. They did not crisp nor brown, AND the pan didn't hold up. It has a large burn mark on the inside and a scorch mark on the outside.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    • Cedar Rapids, IA,
    • Sep 14, 2017
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    The first thing we tried was bacon. It cooked pretty well, but we were disappointed that there were stains on the pan, which I still haven't been able to remove.

    Then I tried fried green tomatoes. They were OK, but some of the flour fell into the lower pan and started to burn. I had to add water to the pan to stop the smoke and burning smell.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Might as well use baking pan

    • Webster Groves, MO,
    • Sep 8, 2017
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    I bought this because of all of the hype on television. I failed to shop around and went straight to Bed Bath & Beyond. You can get them cheaper than some retailers. The first time I tried it with chicken following the directions. Instead of fried chicken, I got floured baked chicken. The picture on the box is deceiving! I did expect my chicken to look similar to the picture. I tried it the second time omitting the batter; resulted in baked fish, crisp around the edges. Save your money!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Ok, so it is not really an air fryer - but it is GREAT!

    As is typical with me, I bought this gizmo at Walgreens and read the reviews AFTER. I have now read the scientific explanation as to why it is not truly an air fryer. I'm ok with that; it was only $20.

    What it DOES do is allow air to circulate and I have done that before with cookie sheets and racks. This is just so much nicer. Yes, it is a little compact so you are limited as to the amount you can cook, but it really does do a good job. I am not using it for frozen stuff or even for air frying, but I just made chicken drumsticks (six of them) at 375 for 40 minutes, and they are PERFECT. Crispy and juicy with no soggy spots and no turning. I really think it is a worthwhile purchase.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Highly recommend

    Oh my gosh! This is so great for cooking bacon. For years, and I means years, I dreaded cooking bacon simply for the grease that spatters everywhere. It doesn't matter if you put a lid on the pan, or one of those mesh cover lids, bacon stills splatters on your stove. I highly recommend this for cooking bacon in the oven for about 20 minutes (according to the crispy that you like). There is no more mess; the oven stays clean, and you just use paper towels to wipe the grease and wash!

    I am looking forward to cooking other dishes. It's like I have a new toy and can't wait to experiment!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Doesn't work well

    • Aurora, MO,
    • Apr 3, 2017
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    We made french fries. There were no instructions anywhere.

    I watched a video where one man put 12 fries (frozen) on the pan and 12 on a flat pan he bought from Bed Bath & Beyond. He said the Crisper worked better, but all he used was frozen potatoes and frozen tenders, and 12 on a pan was not a good enough test.

    In the end, our homemade fries got a little burned, and the others didn't cook. We re-cooked and re-cooked. We finally ate them, but it took a lot longer. It goes much faster just frying them in a pan. Plus they taste wonderful.

    The reason we bought this pan was to avoid the fat in the oil.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 15 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Works great

    • Florida,
    • Feb 20, 2017
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    I just got my crisper pan.

    I made chicken tenders. I used an egg wash, flour, and spices, and finished by dipping them in Italian Panko bread crumbs mixed with a small amount of melted butter. I baked them for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees. They were very tasty, not dry, and the best part was that clean up was a breeze. I just used the sprayer to rinse the basket, and then washed as normal in soapy water.

    I can't wait to try some other recipes. I used less grease than pan frying and didn't have a messy baking sheet to deal with. I am very happy with this little pan. I used a coupon at Bed Bath & Beyond to purchase it, so it was a good price.

    I definitely recommend the Copper Chef Crisper Pan.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 15 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Poor quality

    • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,
    • Feb 5, 2017
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    Used it once and the bottom tray discoloured from grease dripping. Done like the fact that the basket is not the same non-stick as the cookie sheet and possible carcinogens. It's going back...in Canada I paid $20.00 plus tax, just not worth the money or space it takes up in my kitchen.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Sep 7, 2017

      Judy Hawes

      Ours also stained. We cooked bacon and were surprised at all the stains. I also tried nonfried green tomatoes that were coated with flour and some of the flour fell on the bottom pan which started burning until I added water to the pan.

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    I like it!

    • Colorado,
    • Jan 22, 2017
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    I found that pre-cooked foods work best in the Cooper Crisper. We love chicken wings. I pre-cook wings 10 minutes on each side. I then "crisp" the wings in the oven on the Copper Crisper. YUM!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Not what I hoped for

    • Montana,
    • Jan 17, 2017
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    This was a gift. I tried making fresh french fries, and it was terrible! I guess it's only good for frozen fried foods, and I don't eat much of that.

    This summer I'll use it on the grill.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Flimsy

    • Jacksonville, AR,
    • Dec 12, 2016
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    I have a convection setting on my oven which helps the browning, however, the product is flimsy and cannot be put in the dishwasher.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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